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30 Sep 2008 21:33
Commuters and drivers can breathe a sigh of relief as fuel prices drop at midnight on Tuesday.
According to the Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs, the price of 91 octane petrol will decrease by 29 cents a litre, 93 octane by 27 cents and 95 octane by 25 cents.
The wholesale price of diesel drops by 55 or 56 cents, depending on the sulphur content.
The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will drop by 65 cents per litre and the single maximum national retail price by 87 cents a litre.
Fuel supplier Engen said on Tuesday afternoon it had plans in place to deal with the expected rush for cheaper fuel on Wednesday.
“We are asking motorists not to leave themselves short of fuel and to avoid the rush on the day of the decrease,” said Engen retail business manager Kevin Sheel.
Dealers had also been urged to keep their fuel tanks as full as possible leading up to October 1.
Should service stations deliberately run out of fuel, Engen said it would hold them in breach of their contractual agreement.
The company had booked additional trucks to ensure customer demand was met, including carry-over demand to Thursday and Friday.
The price decreases will come as a relief to many motorists.
Escalating fuel prices have been eating into incomes and profits and curtailing travel plans.
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